The short-lived Freedom Baseball League will not be missed by the Washington Diplomats. Dip's management was distraught that the RFK Stadium soccer field was dug up at one end to create an infield for Freedom League games.
Three sliding boxes and a home plate area were dug at one end of the field in anticpation of the 20 scheduled baseball date at RFK, angering management.
General Manager John Carbray would only say, "we understand that this is a multi-purpose stadium and we have to deal with this," but other club officials privately expressed anger.
"Why they went and dug the field up before they got some proof the thing was for real I don't know," one official said. "It's too bad George Allen isn't still around because at least he would have raised hell."
The league folded Thursday because of lack of funds without ever throwing out a first ball in Washington. The Armory Board say the field will be repaired before the Dips return home on Saturday to play Rochester.
Paul Child of the San Jose Earthquake and defender Jimmy Steele of the Diplomats have something in common. Child sat out last night's Dips-Quake game, suspended for one game because he received a red ejection card last week.
Steele will start a two-game suspension next week, also for drawing a red card. The parallel is the way the two drew the cards.
Both had received yellow cards for unnecessary roughness. Both argued with the referee on the calls. Both received red cards. Both were ejected in the same fashion by the same referee: Brian McGinley. Next case please. Several NASL clubs - including the Dips - are preparing documentation to present to the league protesting the current suspension system. Clubs cite other professional leagues' suspension rules - practically nonexistent.
Hot rumor: Terry Hanson, Dips popular asst. general manager, is one of five candidates for the general manager's post open in San Jose.
Hanson, 31, came to Washington last year as publicity director and moved up to his current post after one season. He said he has not been contacted by San Jose, contrary to a report in a San Francisco paper.
The Dips are spending four days in San Jose on their current road trip. The man Hanson works for, General Manager John Carbray, held that post in San Jose in 1976 before coming to Washington.
Grumbling around the league: The Tampa Bay Rowdies, always almost unbeatable at home have been receiving a little extra help this season - or so it seems.
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The Rowdies have been awarded league - all at home, five while behind. Tampa has been known for several years for vocal crowds. Apparently they don't hurt.
The league's harsh discipline has not been reserved for players alone. Rochester Lancers Coach Dragon Popovie has spent the Lancers last several home games watching from the press box and will remain there the rest of the season.
Popovic was ordered off the sidelines after drawing a red card during a game last month.
Popovic has a reputation for inciting the Rochester crowd which sits extremely close to the field. After his red card - which enraged the crowd and resulted in the field being littered with debris - league officials ordered Popovic upstairs.
The New England Tea Men embarrassed the Cosmos in more ways than one Wednesday, ending their 23-game home winning streak, 3-1.
Not only did the Tea Men win, their leading scorer Mike Flanagan outscored and outplayed Giorgio Chinaglia of the Cosmos and moved into a tie for the league scoring lead with the flamboyant Italian.
Flanagan scored a goal and an assist, giving him 28 goals, seven assists and 63 points. Chinaglia scored a goal (on a penalty kick) for 26 goals, 11 assists, 63 points . . . More importantly, Flanagan leads the league in game-winning goals with nine and has scored in eight straight games.